Layla Fanucci

"Paris Dream Opus 77"

Oil on Canvas
48" x 50"


"City of the World Opus 2015"

Giclee, Limited Edition of 50
28" x 23.5"


"New York Central Park Opus 555"

Giclee, Limited Edition of 250
50" x 46"


"NY Stock Exchange Opus 2017"

Giclee, Limited Edition of 150
40" x 60"


"Paris Opus 2010"

Giclee, Limited Edition of 100
42" x 48"


From the Napa Valley California, Fanucci is an internationally well-know artist, who has shown worldwide, including the Carrousel Du Louvre in Paris, Le Musee de Marrakech in Morocco, Robert Mondavi Winery, the Christopher Hill Gallery in California, Andrews Art Museum in North Carolina, Chasen Gallery in Virgina, Vam Inc. Gallery in NJ, The Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York, among others. 

Fanucci is best know for her UNIQUE painting style- painting cities on top of each other with a layer of color in between. The Walter Wickiser Gallery has published two books on Fanucci that introduce her painting style in depth. The books are titled " Layla Fanucci- City of Dreams Unabridged : 1999-2011" and " Layla Fanucci- Striking a Creative Note: Passion to Process." Owning her own winery in NAPA- Charter Oak Winery. Layla's paintings are just as unique as her wines, especially the Monte Rosso wine, which is a very special wine because the vines were planted in 1880, one of the oldest vineyards in CA. 

In addition to being well-know artist, Fanucci has also been recognized as a successful business woman. In Marlo Thomas's book " It ain't Over Till It's Over," Marlo picked 60 woman to write a chapter each about women who have achieved great success in business with entrepreneurial vision, and Layla is in her book. She had also been interviewed by the Today Show in April 2014, the CNN in December 2014 and the Food Network in September 2016.

Born in San Francisco in 1957, Layla Fanucci's artistic talent was first expressed in music. Fanucci, along with her brother and sister, was encouraged by her parents to study multiple instruments, learning to play the piano, clarinet, guitar. She went on to teach the guitar, putting herself through San Francisco State University by giving lessons. She pursued a degree in sociology, and graduated in 1981. Fanucci had married her husband Robert the previous year and in 1981 they moved with their infant daughter to New York City, where he attended law school, and where they had a second daughter. Four years later they also had a son. They returned to California after two years in New York and eventually the family settled in St. Helena, in the Napa Valley where Robert practices tax law and produces wine, and Layla has her painting studio. 

Beginning in 1975, Fanucci taught music and guitar both privately, and in schools, ranging from the elementary to the high school level. She became the director of music at the St. Helena Catholic Church, and wrote and directed concerts at the church's elementary school. Fanucci has noted that of her many roles, it was composing music that gave her the most gratification. In the next stage of her creative life, this impulse for artistic invention was to be given full reign. In 1998, she found herself wanting some "big, live art" (as she describes it) for her home. Finding nothing to her liking, she bought some art supplies and created a large, colorful abstract painting.  

By the year 1999, she was ready to stop teaching music and devote herself full-time to making art. She followed her first painting with a version of Matisse's The Red Studio, followed by two other works inspired by the same artist. Then she began to create portraits of her family, still life, city scenes, and abstractions with figures. These paintings, while diverse in character, often had vibrant color, bold forms, energetic brush strokes, and a sense that whatever the style, the painting was charged with underlying emotion.  

Fanucci’s next challenge was to develop a style of painting that no one paints, in the world. She found her voice and that style in her cityscape paintings. Applying layer upon layer of paint on her canvases, searching for the colors that best communicate the mood that gives the truest essence of the city. When the paint finally dries, she takes a brush and in black, draws the outlines of the buildings, bridges, streets and people, imbuing the painting with life and adding particulars that will make the city unique and distinctive. Painting city upon city, her paintings have two, three or four full paintings/cities underneath the final works. 

Luminous, striking and intriguing, her works have been exhibited in top galleries all over the world. Notably, the Carrousel Du Louvre in Paris, the Christopher Hill Gallery in California, Andrews Art Museum in North Caronlina, Chasen Gallery in Florida, Le Musee de Marrakech in Monrocco, Vam Inc. Gallery in NJ, The Walter Wickiser Gallery, in New York, among others. She has received numerous commissions and her work is held in private collections accross the United States and abroad. A book of Layla's work, " City of Dream Unabridged 1999-2011,"is available for purchase on her webstie, Her second book, Striking a Creative Note: Passion to Process, is available for purchase on her website,